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Shots on Goal

(Stick Side #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Recently traded to the newly formed Vermont Trailblazers, professional hockey player Roman Kinsey needs to focus on helping the team win games and filling the stands, not on the blond, bespectacled part-timer who works at the library he volunteers at. He knows all too well that outing himself equals heartache and ridicule…or worse.

Cody Evans, psych major and grad school
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published January 7th 2020
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Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think this one is my favourite so far.

Sorry! I didn't get a chance to write the rest of the review so here it is

I loved pretty much everything about this latest ice hockey romance from Amy. There was such a great dynamic between Cory and Roman and I loved how Cory's demisexuality was explored and was part of the plot without it being made into a big deal

There was plenty enough sports to keep me interested and I liked how each of the MCs had issues relating to trust and feelings of abandonment
Waleska 'Wally'
3.5 Stars

Reviewed on January 7, 2020

Format: Kindle Edition

Shots on Goal is an easy to read , contemporary, MM, sports , hurt/comfort romance. It's low on angst , low on steam and high on sweet and cuteness.

Even though is being promoted as a standalone , I suggest you read previous two books ; as I had to do. Overall, I was entertained reading this book. I liked it but don't love it. I prefer more UST and heat in my romance novels.

Received and read a copy of Shots on Goal through LesCourt and am
BWT (Belen)
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure, I don't even know how I apparently skipped book two, The Nature of the Game , but thankfully it didn't impact my enjoyment reading Shots on Goal at all. Also, I have purchased The Nature of the Game and will be definitely reading it.

BUT! On to the review of book three in the Stick Side series Shots on Goal, an absolutely lovely one-sitting read that I couldn't power through fast enough. Something about the way Aislin writes makes me forget how much I usually dislike a book that
michaela ⚘
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, m-m, 2019, sports-rm
“Roman had spent years making sure nobody got too close to him and now he was crushing on a guy trained to look beneath the surface.”

After losing everything Roman loved letting anyone get close again is just not something he is willing to risk. He shapes himself into a prickly hockey player with a don’t fuck with me attitude. He throws himself into the game showing his team he’s worth keeping even if he doesn’t form relationships and he’s fine with it. Just fine. Things change when he is traded
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, romance, m-m, arc, 2020
Shots on Goal is the third book in the Stick Side series but it can be read as an standalone (I wouldn't recomend it). Here we have Cody (Mitch's best friend from book 1) and Roman Kinsey (the 'asshole' hockey player from book 2). I loved book 2, liked book 1 and Shots on Goal is right in the middle. I didn't remember much of Cody to have an opinion on him so let tell you that the man that we meet here is simply a delight. A bookworm, who enlist the help of a grumpy hockey player to save the ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
My fave in the series. Review to come.
Dec 06, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019-reads, m-m
3.5 Stars

I really wish I could skip the synopsis just this once and get straight to the good stuff. Alas, that can't happen so...

The protagonists are Roman Kinsey and Cody Evans. Roman is an NHL player. And because of some terrible events in his past, he doesn't trust people. He doesn't let anyone get close to him because he thinks that they'll just hurt him in the end. And if you knew what he went through, you wouldn't fault him for his caution. Unfortunately, no one knows. So everyone just
Ruthie Taylor
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the third book in the series. We first met Roman Kinsey as the unpopular loner who ate everything he could in book 2. He has now been traded to a newly formed team, and is once again feeling unsettled and temporary. In book 2 I liked that Dan was not so swift to judge Kinsey as the team, but little did I think that his backstory would be so moving.

Kinsey is so careful of not relying or trusting others that even
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Roman was betrayed by those who supposedly loved him most. Now he's closed off and unwilling to let anyone in, thanks to this betrayal. But when he meets Cody, suddenly the psych student and library lover is getting under his skin in a way he's entirely uncomfortable with. Can Roman open himself up and let Cody in? And what about Cody's own issues? Are they any less significant than Roman's demons?

I absolutely loved this story! Roman and Cody are so good together, allow themselves to love the
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Roman Kinsey made my heart ache. His back story made me angry I cried to Roman when I saw how hard it was for him six years later to trust people, to even make basic friendships. Cody, a psychology major, could tell that Roman’s stand-offish behaviour was just a front and I loved that he was so giving and patient with Roman. But Cody isn’t perfect and has his own issues.

While this story is set around the world of hockey, I
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve enjoyed the first two books in the Stick Side series, but Shots on Goal is easily my favorite. The story hooked me from page one, and I stayed up reading well into the night because I couldn’t put it down. The storyline flowed well and the characters are so wonderful. The secondary relationships that developed between Roman and his teammates and the lifelong relationship Cody has with best friend Mitch, are just as well-developed and essential to the story as the one between the main ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everybody in the hockey world knows Roman as this grunting,gruff a**hole,avoiding all social and team interactions. Learning the reasons behind his behavior broke my heart. That's why I found him all the more endearing when,once traded to a Vermont team,he tries to change and make friends despite how much it goes against his defensive instincts.

He also meets Cody,an outgoing librarian. Watching their relationship unfold was so sweet. They're amazingly paired,the surly loner versus lively and
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Roman hasn’t had the easiest time in life. It’s heartbreaking really. His loneliness. Cody is definitely a bright spot in his otherwise monotonous routine..

I felt a bit edged in this book. Sex off page left me feeling pretty disappointed especially because Cody had never even had sex and I felt like I was left out of their intimacy. Sex and hockey go together. One without the other makes it feel off.

Alas, the story is very good though and I loved the ending.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hockey player Roman's story had me invested right away.
He become friends with student and part time library volunteer through the library.
Together they bond over mutual friends and a love of reading.
Both of these men have issues because of their past.
I loved how they worked together to overcome their fears and worked together to save the library.
A sweet, romantic feel good story of friends, hockey, trust and making family.
4.5 stars
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Maybe my highest goes up to 3.5 stars. I liked this, but compared to book one and two, my enjoyment was not as high. I think it's a combination of the writing here, which I feel was more dry, kind of not that realistic to the environment, and tell rather than show, as well as my lack of perceived chemistry between Cody and Roman.

I felt the journey the characters went through wasn't all that compelling or told well, with Cody's attachment hangups because his dad was minimally present in his life
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Shots on Goal is the third stand alone in the Stick Side series by Amy Aislin. This is a MM hockey romance series that you will fall in love with.

Professional hockey player Roman Kinsey tends to close himself off which causes him to come off as a jerk. He has recently been traded from Tampa to the newly established Vermont team. Due to past trauma as a queer teen he doesn't trust anyone, keeping everyone at arms reach. It's easier to stay in the
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*This book is the third book in a series but it stands perfectly well on its own. The MCs from the previous series are characters in this book but it isn’t necessary to know their backstories in order to appreciate this story. However, you should definitely read them as they are great stores also!*

From the opening of the book Aislin had me. The writing and the story introduction is such that Roman grabbed right ahold of my heart and there was no way I couldn’t hurt for him, root for him and just
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I have loved this series so much and Shots on Goal is a fantastic addition. In my review of book two, The Nature of the Game, I said I hoped that Kinsey would get a book. He does and Shots on Goal is it. You don't need to have read the previous books to enjoy Shots on Goal but you'd be missing two wonderful stories if you don't read them.

Shots on Goal takes place in 2011, towards the end of the timeline of The Nature of the Game. Roman Kinsey has been traded from Tampa's NHL team to
4.5 Stars

SHOTS ON GOAL is so good - my favorite of Aislin’s “Stick Side” series! When I first saw Cody paired with Kinsey (well, he was Roman to Cody but readers of this series recognized him as Kinsey first), I was curious but wary on how things would go about bringing them together. I should’ve put more trust in Aislin’s delivery. This third installment packed with emotional roller coaster of romantic, familial love, but also friendships.

Kinsey was always said as an asshole though I had never
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can I just tell you right up front how much I loved Cody? He’s a bit quirky and I love that he works in a library. He is an excellent match for Roman, perfectly balancing out Roman’s seemingly uptight, loner manner. Cody plays a big part in Roman’s attitude change, helping to lighten things up.

The fact that Cody is demisexual and Roman’s reluctance to enter into a relationship with a man (there’s that “no coming out in sports” thing for you) both contribute to the relaxed, slow evolution of
Amy Dufera
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amy Aislin's Shots on Goal is another great hockey romance is the Stick Side series.

Roman and Cody's story takes place in small town Vermont, which adds tremendously to the storyline. I find the descriptions to be well done, completely bringing the reader into the setting.

This is a story of being weighed down by the pain of one's past. It's a story of a closeted athlete falling in love and having to make choices he's always feared.

Both men deal with family issues, as one has a father who
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Shots on Goal" is the third installment of Amy Aislin's "Stick Side" series and although each book could be read as a standalone I would highly recommend to read the books in order. Not only because so far I loved every book, but also because the cast of characters is the same and some things, like the friendship between Mitch and Cody or the problems other people have with Roman become much clearer with the knowledge of the former two books.
This third story is about overcoming personal issues
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Roman Kinsey doesn’t do friends. In fact, he does not do any kind of relationship at all. He plays Hockey and keeps to himself. But being transferred to a new team in Vermont, the Trailblazers, may change that. Because his coach wants him to be an active member of the team, and that means being friendly and working with the community. And besides, a certain blonde, short sighted librarian seems determined to become his friend, no matter how Roman tries to keep him apart. If only he
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
4.5 Stars so rounding up to 5

I didn’t read book one but read book two. I think this could be read as a standalone but I’m a little sad I didn’t read Mitch and Alex’s story as they’re in this book quite a bit and I like them both. Keeping up with the characters might be easier if you’ve read the other books and I really liked book two so I can say you probably wouldn’t be disappointed.

I liked this book, a lot. I’m glad there wasn’t much drama or angst between them, and they communicated well…a
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hockey
I re-read the first 2 books in this series immediately before reading this one, and I'm so glad I did. Cody is Mitch's best friend and roommate who we meet in book 1 (On the Ice) and who appears in book 2 (Nature of the Game) as well. Kinsey is in the background of the previous books as well, described only briefly as an asshole who nobody really knows - until Cody apparently breaks down a bit of his hard, prickly shell in Nature of the Game. When I finished that book, I wanted nothing more than ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: awesome-saga, lgbt
This book is the third in Stick Side series and it can be read as a standalone. Written in dual POV, I loved that we finally understand the reasons behind Roman's gruff exterior. And it broke my heart. While he gives off the 'don't fuck with me' vibe, he's actually a big , soft marshmallow on the inside. He is afraid to let in people because he thinks they'll just hurt him in the end.

Cody was inevitable.

Cody is the one who sees him. Sees beneath the asshole exterior. Cody is Mitch's best
Shannon Tolen
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Though this book is the third of the Side Stick Series, it is the first one that I have read. That being said, I don't feel that I was "lost" or confused about anything, despite characters being connected to characters in the first books. After reading this one though, I will absolutely go back and start the series from scratch! I loved the characters that were in this book, with a found family, a gruff hockey player with a past and a demisexual librarian who wants figure out the handsome hockey ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding slow-burn romance that will delight your heart! I really enjoyed these MC's and how their back-story compels their behaviors. Both men are really terrific people and together they are able to bring out the best of each other. The writingis so good and the flow and pace were perfect for me. I really loved the story-line and found the character development to be exceptional.

Roman and Cody are my favorite couple of this series so far. Their chemistryis awesome, however their connection
Emily  Muddle
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gaaahh, I absolutely adored Roman and Cody and everything about their story! I devoured it in one sitting and immediately wanted to re-read it. Cody is so adorably endearing and sassy, and his bubbly and determined personality is very much a perfect match for the withdrawn and grumpy Roman. Cody forges a friendship with the hockey player and unable to resist the pull between them, Roman slowly opens himself up to someone for the first time in years. There is some mild angst stemming from Roman's ...more
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